What we do
How can I add value to a discussion in my Board on a topic on which I have no experience? And what should I have in mind when assessing major strategic proposals? These are questions newly appointed Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) may ask themselves. Being appointed as a boardmember is exciting. But it may also be a challenge, if you have no or little experience with what it takes to become an effective Board member.
On Boarding will help you anticipate and address these challenges. We, Margot Scheltema and Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker, are two experienced NEDs who previously served as Executives for many years. Our purpose is to help new NEDs accelerate their ability to add value to discussions around the Board table.
How we work
Ideally, we work with Chairmen who want to help new NED’s become effective as quickly as possible. We also work with NEDs who approach us directly. Our method focuses on personal coaching and training over the course of one year. The first meeting is an intake discussion to assess the specific context in which you will be operating and the experience you bring. After that we will schedule six one-on-one sessions, during which you will be able to reflect on your experiences at the Board table and receive detailed training and guidance regarding a specific theme of Board work. To increase your understanding, you will also have access to publicly available best practice materials.
“It was not only about getting answers, they teach something far more valuable: asking the right questions. Thank you for the inspiring sessions!“ "Having two conversations between appointment and my first board meeting was terrifically valuable. What you get is so much more than the theory you can glean for yourself – it’s the stories. They bring things you’ve read or heard to life.”
Why On Boarding?
Greater diversity in Board composition at a time of increasingly stringent governance standards leads to new training requirements.
On Boarding addresses the training requirements of newly appointed NEDs without Boardroom experience.
We offer highly personalised coaching, based on our own practical experience, tailored to the needs of the individual, the Board and the company.